Gaarlandt, Karel Hendrik (b. Sept. 11, 1909, Hilversum, Noord-Holland, Netherlands - d. Sept. 22, 1985, Amersfoort, Utrecht), queen's commissioner of Drenthe (1964-74).
Gabarayev, Vladislav (Nikolayevich) (b. Feb. 19, 1957, Staliniri [now Tskhinvali], South Ossetian autonomous oblast, Georgian S.S.R.), prime minister of South Ossetia (1994-96).
Gabites, Owston Paul (b. Dec. 5, 1913, Timaru, New Zealand - d. July 15, 1993, Kent, England), administrator of Tokelau (1965-68). He was New Zealand high commissioner to Western Samoa (1965-68) and ambassador to France (1969-75) and the Holy See (1973-75).
Gabre-Selassie, Dejazmatch Zewde (b. Oct. 13, 1926, Metcha, Shoa, Ethiopia - d. Dec. 16, 2008), interior minister (March-May 1974), deputy prime minister (May-September 1974), and foreign minister (May-December 1974) of Ethiopia; great-great-grandson of Yohannes IV; cousin of Haile Selassie. He was also mayor of Addis Ababa (1957-60), ambassador to Somalia (1960-61), justice minister (1961-63), and permanent representative to the United Nations (1972-74).
Gabrié, Marie Louis Gustave (b. Aug. 24, 1852, Marseille, France - d. 19...), governor of Martinique (1898-1901).
Gabriel, Almir José de Oliveira (b. Aug. 18, 1932 - d. Feb. 19, 2013), governor of Pará (1995-2003). He was also mayor of Belém (1983-86).
Gabriel(-Blättler), Lisbeth, née Blättler (b. 1948), Landammann of Nidwalden (2005-06).
Gabriel, Sigmar (b. Sept. 12, 1959, Goslar, Niedersachsen), minister-president of Niedersachsen (1999-2003) and environment minister (2005-09) and vice chancellor and economy minister (2013- ) of Germany. He became chairman of the Social Democratic Party in 2009.
Gabriel Estany, Joan (b. Nov. 28, 1963), general syndic of Andorra (2005-09).
Gabrielli, Rodolfo (Federico) (b. May 25, 1951, Mendoza, Argentina), governor of Mendoza (1991-95) and interior minister of Argentina (2001-02).
Gabrovski, Petur (Dimitrov) (b. July 9, 1898 - d. [executed] Feb. 1, 1945), interior minister (1940-43) and acting prime minister (1943) of Bulgaria.
Gadea Mantilla, Fabio (b. Nov. 9, 1931, Ocotal, Nueva Segovia department, Nicaragua), president of the Central American Parliament (2004-05). He was a Nicaraguan presidential candidate in 2011.
Gaden, (Nicolas Jules) Henri (b. Jan. 24, 1867, Bordeaux, France - d. Dec. 12, 1939, Saint-Louis, Senegal), commissioner (1916-20) and lieutenant governor (1920-26) of Mauritania.
Gadio, Cheikh Tidiane (b. Sept. 16, 1956, Saint-Louis, Senegal), foreign minister of Senegal (2000-09). He was a presidential candidate in 2012 (1% of the vote).
Gaekwar, Fateh Singh Rao (b. April 2, 1930, Baroda [now Vadodara, Gujarat], India - d. Sept. 1, 1988, Bombay [now Mumbai], India), maharaja of Baroda (1951-71). Known as "Jackie Baroda," Gaekwar was the last of a family of princes that dated to his great-great-great-grandfather, who had inherited the princedom as a poor 13-year-old cousin from a distant village. Gaekwar himself (1951) inherited the title and wealth then estimated at £15 million when his father was deposed. Gaekwar was educated by English tutors and entered national politics in 1957, serving as a member of parliament for ten years. In the regional Gujarat government, he was (1967-71) minister of health, fisheries, and jails. Gaekwar, revolted after a two-month shooting safari in the Belgian Congo in the early 1950s, became an ardent conservationist, serving the World Wildlife Fund and establishing a zoo on the palace grounds. When Indira Gandhi abolished (1971) the titles and legendary privileges of Indian princes, Gaekwar protested but adapted. His palace was to be converted into a museum and arts centre.
Gaeta, Anthony R. (b. Sept. 8, 1927, West Brighton, Staten Island, New York City - d. Dec. 26, 1988, Staten Island), borough president of Staten Island (1977-84).
Gafencu, Grigore (b. Jan. 30, 1892, Bucharest, Romania - d. Jan. 30, 1957, Paris), foreign minister of Romania (1938-40). He became publisher and editor of Argus, a leading Romanian economic journal, in 1924. As a member of the National Peasant Party he was elected to the Chamber of Deputies in 1928. He was undersecretary of state for foreign affairs in the first two cabinets of Iuliu Maniu (1928-30 and 1932-33) and minister of industry and trade in the short-lived third (1933). After Maniu's final quarrel with King Carol II, Gafencu went back to journalism and founded Timpul, which became the best Bucharest daily. Of great intelligence and charm, he was known as the handsomest man in Romania. On Dec. 21, 1938, King Carol, by then dictator, appointed Gafencu foreign minister as a gesture to the Western democracies, but on June 2, 1940, he dropped him as an act of appeasement toward Nazi Germany and Fascist Italy. Appointed minister to the U.S.S.R., Gafencu remained in Moscow until June 22, 1941, then returned to Romania, which he soon left for Switzerland. His two books - Préliminaires de la guerre à l'Est (1944) and Derniers jours de l'Europe (1946) - are penetrating analyses of the events of 1939-41 and of Soviet-German relations in particular. After World War II, Gafencu moved to Paris and took some part in Romanian politics in exile. On Nov. 11, 1947, in Bucharest, he was sentenced in absentia to 20 years' imprisonment; on Feb. 20, 1948, he was stripped of his Romanian citizenship. He also lived in the U.S. for some time and gave lectures at New York University in the early 1950s.
Gafurov, Bobodzhan Gafurovich (b. Dec. 31, 1908, Isfisar village, near Khodzhent [now Khujand] - d. July 12, 1977, Dushanbe), first secretary of the Communist Party of the Tadzhik S.S.R. (1946-56).
Gagarin, (Prince) Pavel Pavlovich (b. March 15 [March 4, O.S.], 1789 - d. March 4 [Feb. 21, O.S.], 1872), chairman of the Committee of Ministers of Russia (1864-72).
Gage, Henry T(ifft) (b. Dec. 25, 1852, Geneva, N.Y. - d. Aug. 28, 1924, Los Angeles, Calif.), governor of California (1899-1903). He was also U.S. minister to Portugal (1910).
Gagloyty, Yury (Sergeyevich) (b. Oct. 10, 1934, Tskhinvali, South Ossetian autonomous oblast, Georgian S.S.R.), foreign minister of South Ossetia (1996-98).
Gago, Carlos Jorge Mendes Correia (b. June 25, 1934, Lisbon, Portugal), foreign minister of Portugal (1978).
Gaguim, Carlos Henrique, byname of Carlos Henrique Amorim (b. April 21, 1961), governor of Tocantins (2009-11).
Gagulia, Gennady (Leonidovich) (b. 1948, Lykhny, Gudauta rayon, Abkhaz A.S.S.R., Georgian S.S.R.), prime minister of Abkhazia (1995-97, 2002-03).
Gai (Kok), Riek, chairman of the Southern Sudan Coordination Council (2002-05). He was governor of Jonglei state in 1998-2000.
Gaidam, (Alhaji) Ibrahim (b. Sept. 15, 1956, Bukarti [now in Yobe state], Nigeria), governor of Yobe (2009- ).
Gaidar, Yegor (Timurovich) (b. March 19, 1956, Moscow, Russian S.F.S.R. - d. Dec. 16, 2009, Uspenskoye, Moscow oblast, Russia), finance minister (1992) and acting prime minister (1992) of Russia. He was also deputy prime minister (1991-92), economy minister (1991-92, 1993-94), and first deputy prime minister (1992, 1993-94).
Gaillard (d'Aimé), Félix (b. Nov. 5, 1919, Paris, France - d. July 10, 1970, at sea off Jersey), finance minister (1957) and prime minister (1957-58) of France and president of the Radical Party (1958-61).
Gairy, Sir Eric (Matthew) (b. Feb. 18, 1922, St. Andrew's parish, near Grenville, Grenada - d. Aug. 23, 1997, Grand Anse, Grenada), prime minister of Grenada (1974-79). He formed the Grenada Manual, Maritime and Intellectual Workers' Union in 1950 and later the Grenada United Labour Party (GULP). He became minister of trade and production in 1956 and chief minister and minister of finance in 1961. Charges of petty corruption led to his dismissal in 1962, but he and the GULP came back in 1967, and in 1974 he became Grenada's first prime minister after independence from Britain. He was accused of numerous human rights abuses, and a paramilitary band of thugs known as the "Mongoose Gang" terrorized his opponents. Gairy personally approved government spending and hiring decisions and granted contracts to his supporters. He responded to growing dissent with repression and restrictions on organized labour and the media. He took an interest in UFOs, once urging the United Nations to investigate them. He left Grenada for talks at the United Nations on UFOs on March 12, 1979. The next day, Maurice Bishop, of the opposition New Jewel Movement, took control of Grenada in a coup. The United States granted Gairy refuge, but quickly recognized the new People's Revolutionary Government. Bishop was assassinated, along with 10 other people, on Oct. 19, 1983. Six days later, U.S. Marines and paratroopers, along with a small regional force, invaded the island and ousted a Marxist junta that had seized power. Gairy returned home in 1984 and campaigned for his party. He told supporters he was a different man from the high-living "Uncle Gairy" who ran the island before the coup. But the GULP lost elections in 1984, 1990, and 1995.
Gaitskell, Hugh (Todd Naylor) (b. April 9, 1906, London, England - d. Jan. 18, 1963, London), British politician. On the outbreak of World War II he joined the newly formed Ministry of Economic Warfare, and later became head of the intelligence section for Germany. When Hugh Dalton became minister in 1940, Gaitskell became his principal private secretary and in 1942 accompanied him to the Board of Trade as principal assistant secretary. He entered the House of Commons in 1945 as Labour member for South Leeds. In 1946 he became parliamentary secretary to the Ministry of Fuel and Power and was made minister in 1947. After the general election of February 1950 Gaitskell became minister of state for economic affairs, and began to take some of the burden of work from the chancellor of the exchequer, Sir Stafford Cripps. On October 19 he was appointed to take Sir Stafford's place as chancellor of the exchequer. He left office when the Labour government was defeated in 1951. Gaitskell was chosen to succeed Clement Attlee as Labour leader in December 1955, in preference to two more experienced candidates, Herbert Morrison and Aneurin Bevan. He seemed discredited in 1959 when his party lost the general election, and in 1960 when the party executive, which opposed unilateral nuclear disarmament, was defeated on that issue at the annual party conference. At the 1961 party conference, however, he secured a reversal of the decision on nuclear weapons and then was able to reunite the party. In 1962, again at the party conference, he made a notable speech opposing Great Britain's entry into the European Economic Community (Common Market), for which the Conservative government was unsuccessfully negotiating. He remained party leader until his death.
Galaid, Ali Khalif, Somali Cali Khaliif Galaydh (or Galayr) (b. Oct. 15, 1941, Las Anod, Somalia), prime minister of Somalia (2000-01).
Galassi, Clelio (b. March 2, 1950, Serravalle, San Marino), captain-regent (1976) and finance minister (1990-2002) of San Marino. In 2014 he became ambassador to the Vatican.
Galazov, Akhsarbek (Khadzhimurzayevich) (b. Oct. 15, 1929, Khumalag village, North Ossetian Autonomous Region, Russian S.F.S.R. - d. April 10, 2013, Vladikavkaz, North Ossetia-Alania, Russia), chairman of the Supreme Council (1990-94) and president (1994-98) of North Ossetia-Alania.
Galijasevic, Miralem (b. Sept. 20, 1955, Maglaj [now in Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina]), premier of Zenica-Doboj (2006-11).
Galindo Pohl, Reynaldo (b. Oct. 18, 1918, Sonsonate, El Salvador - d. Jan. 5, 2012, San Salvador, El Salvador), member of the Revolutionary Council of Government of El Salvador (1948-49).
Gallagher, Katy (b. March 18, 1970, Canberra, A.C.T.), chief minister of the Australian Capital Territory (2011-14).
Gallagher (Canaval), Manuel C. (b. June 3, 1885, Lima, Peru - d. May 6, 1953, Lima), foreign minister of Peru (1944-45, 1950-52). He was also justice minister (1943-44).
Gallagher, Paul (Richard) (b. Jan. 23, 1954, Liverpool, England), Vatican foreign minister (2014- ). He was apostolic nuncio to Burundi (2004-09), Guatemala (2009-12), and Australia (2012-14).
Gallant, Brian (Alexander) (b. April 27, 1982, Shediac Bridge, N.B.), premier of New Brunswick (2014- ).
Gallardo (García), José Miguel (b. Sept. 29, 1897, San Germán, Puerto Rico - d. July 18, 1976, San Juan, Puerto Rico), acting governor of Puerto Rico (1940-41, 1941).
Gallegos (Freire), Rómulo (Ángel del Monte Carmelo) (b. Aug. 2, 1884, Caracas, Venezuela - d. April 4, 1969, Caracas), president of Venezuela (1948). He won an international reputation as one of the leading novelists of South America. In 1936 he began a political career that eventually led to his inauguration to the presidency of Venezuela in February 1948. His government was overthrown by a military coup in November 1948, however, and he was sent into exile, but he subsequently returned in 1958 and was voted life membership in the Senate.
Gallet, Gustave Pierre Théodore (b. March 15, 1850, Valescourt, Oise, France - d. 19...), governor of the French Settlements in Oceania (1896-1901).
Galliéni, Joseph (Simon) (b. April 24, 1849, Saint-Béat, Haute-Garonne, France - d. May 27, 1916, Versailles, France), resident-general (1896-97) and governor-general (1897-1905) of Madagascar and war minister of France (1915-16).
Gallo, Nicolás (Vicente) (b. Feb. 24, 1938), infrastructure and housing minister of Argentina (1999-2000).
Gallo (Hernández), Pedro (b. 1818 - d. 1886), governor of Santiago del Estero (1861-62).
Gallop, Geoff(rey Ian) (b. Sept. 27, 1951, Geraldton, Western Australia), premier of Western Australia (2001-06).
Gallotti, Luiz (Octavio Pires e Albuquerque) (b. Aug. 15, 1904, Tijucas, Santa Catarina - d. Oct. 24, 1978, Rio de Janeiro), governor of Santa Catarina (1945-46).
Galsworthy, Sir Arthur Norman (b. July 1, 1916 - d. Oct. 7, 1986), governor of Pitcairn Island (1970-73); knighted 1967. He was British high commissioner to New Zealand (1969-73) and ambassador to Ireland (1973-76).
Galtieri (Castelli), Leopoldo (Fortunato) (b. July 15, 1926, Caseros, Buenos Aires province, Argentina - d. Jan. 12, 2003, Buenos Aires), president of Argentina (1981-82). He rose steadily through the ranks of the Army and became Army chief in 1981. His two visits to Washington in that year were successful in achieving understanding between the U.S. and Argentina on foreign policy and economic planning. As Army commander, he was a member of the three-man junta under the presidency of Gen. Roberto Viola. Viola's ill health and the armed forces' dissatisfaction with his administration's policies led to his removal. Galtieri, with the support of newly promoted generals, was sworn in as president on Dec. 22, 1981. For the first time since 1978 the posts of president and Army commander were united. He made a number of statements on the need for a gradual return to civilian participation in government. This gained him some popular support, and that support grew enormously when, on April 2, 1982, he and his fellow junta members decided on the invasion of the Falkland Islands. It was a national ambition to make the islands a part of Argentina. To some extent, the invasion also diverted attention away from widespread anger over the military's handling of the economy and its refusal to provide information on thousands of desaparecidos, victims of the 1976-79 suppression of opposition. But the war with Britain ended with the surrender of Galtieri's forces on June 14, and he resigned as Army commander on June 17. He was soon replaced as president by Reynaldo Bignone. In his wake he left much recrimination and further instability within the ruling armed forces. He served four years of a life sentence but was freed in 1989 by a pardon from Pres. Carlos Menem; he was again arrested on July 11, 2002, on the basis that the amnesty was unconstitutional.
Gálvez (Madrid), Virgilio (Roberto) (b. April 20, 1911, Santa Barbara, Honduras), foreign minister of Honduras (1975-76). He was also ambassador to El Salvador (1965-69).
Gálvez Barnes, Roberto (b. May 18, 1925, Puerto Cortés, Honduras - d. March 19, 1995, Tegucigalpa, Honduras), member of the Military Government Council of Honduras (1956-57).
Gálvez Barrenechea, José (Gabriel) (b. Aug. 7, 1885, Tarma, Junín department, Peru - d. Feb. 8, 1957, Lima, Peru), foreign minister of Peru (1931). He was also justice minister (1931), minister to Colombia (1935-36), first vice president (1945-48), and president of the Senate (1945-48, 1956-57).
Gálvez Betancourt, Carlos (b. Feb. 14, 1921, Jiquilpan, Michoacán, Mexico - d. April 30, 1990), governor of Michoacán (1968-70). He was also Mexican minister of labour and social security (1975-76).
Gama, Jaime (José Matos da) (b. June 8, 1947, Fajã de Baixo, São Miguel, Azores, Portugal), interior minister (1978) and foreign minister (1983-85, 1995-2002) of Portugal. He was president of the Assembly of the Republic in 2005-11.
Gamatié, Ali Badjo (b. 1957, Niamey, Niger), finance minister (2000-03) and prime minister (2009-10) of Niger.
Gambari, Ibrahim (Agboola) (b. Nov. 24, 1944, Ilorin [now in Kwara state], Nigeria), foreign minister of Nigeria (1984-85). He was also permanent representative to the United Nations (1990-99).
Gambarov, Isa, Azeri in full Isa Yunis oglu Qämbär (b. Feb. 24, 1957, Baku, Azerbaijan S.S.R.), acting president of Azerbaijan (1992). He was chairman of the National Assembly in 1992-93. In 2003 he was a presidential candidate.
Gambetta, Léon (Michel) (b. April 2, 1838, Cahors, Lot, France - d. Dec. 31, 1882, Ville-d'Avray, Hauts-de-Seine, France), French politician. In 1868, in a political case known as the Affaire Baudin, he delivered an extremely forceful speech in which he indicted the imperial regime. Press reports of his speech made his political fortune, and almost overnight he became an acknowledged leader of the Republican Party. In 1869 he was elected to the Legislative Assembly. He opposed the steps that led to the outbreak of the Franco-German War in July 1870, but, once it had begun, he urged the quickest possible victory over the Germans. He played a principal role in proclaiming the republic and forming a provisional government of national defense, in which he became interior minister. He began to arouse unoccupied France for the defense of the entire country. He became war minister as well, assuming virtually unlimited powers. Though he wished to continue fighting, the country was tired of war, and the provisional government signed an armistice on Jan. 18, 1871. The armistice convention provided for the election of a National Assembly, which met at Bordeaux in March 1871 to ratify the peace terms. He was elected a deputy for Strasbourg, in Alsace, but, after the ratification of the peace, which yielded most of Alsace-Lorraine to Germany, he lost his seat and retired for a short time to Spain. In by-elections in July 1871, he was elected to the National Assembly by the Seine département. With supreme skill, he managed to push ratification of the republic through a weary assembly. Parliamentary intrigue prevented him from being elected president of the republic, but he became president of the Chamber of Deputies. He was appointed premier in November 1881 but was overthrown in January 1882.
Gamedze, Mgwagwa, home affairs minister (2008-11), justice minister (2011-13), and foreign minister (2013- ) of Swaziland.
Gamidov, Abdusamad (Mustafayevich) (b. April 21, 1966, Mekegi village, Levashi district, Dagestan A.S.S.R., Russian S.F.S.R.), prime minister of Dagestan (2013- ).
Gamlin, Jarbom (b. April 18, 1961, Aalo [now in West Siang district, Arunachal Pradesh], India - d. Nov. 30, 2014, Gurgaon, Haryana, India), chief minister of Arunachal Pradesh (2011).
Gamsakhurdia, Zviad (Konstantinovich), Georgian Zviad (Konstantines dze) Gamsakhurdia (b. March 31, 1939, Tbilisi, Georgian S.S.R. - d. Dec. 31, 1993, Jikhashkari village?, Tsalenjikha district, Samegrelo region, western Georgia), president of Georgia (1991-92). A prominent dissident in Soviet times, he was arrested on April 7, 1977, and, on May 19, 1978, sentenced in Tbilisi to three years in a labour camp and two years' internal exile for "anti-Soviet agitation and propaganda." After a public confession he was released from the labour camp in 1979. In November 1990 elections to the Georgian Supreme Council were won by nationalists and he became its chairman. In April 1991 independence was declared and he was given the new post of president. In May he won 87% of the vote in direct presidential elections. An armed rebellion began in September, and he was overthrown in January 1992. He escaped with members of his government first to Armenia (Jan. 6-15, 1992) and then to Chechnya, until he was able to move to Zugdidi, western Georgia, on Sept. 24, 1993. His supporters had started a rebellion in that region in August and made increasing territorial gains. With Russian aid, however, the Tbilisi government of Eduard Shevardnadze defeated Gamsakhurdia's forces, Zugdidi being taken on November 6. On December 31 he died under circumstances that are still unclear. The body was found with a single bullet wound to the head. The Russian agency Interfax reported his wife as saying that he had committed suicide to evade capture by pro-government forces. On Feb. 24, 1994, his body was reburied in the Chechen capital Grozny but on Jan. 26, 2004, Georgian president Mikheil Saakashvili rehabilitated him and promulgated a decree granting permission for Gamsakhurdia's body to be reburied in Tbilisi. He praised him as a "great statesman and patriot."
Gana, (Alhaji) Mohammed Abba (b. 1943, Danboa [now in Borno state], Nigeria), minister of the Federal Capital Territory (2001-03).
Ganao, David Charles (b. July 20, 1926, Djambala, Middle Congo [now Congo (Brazzaville)] - d. July 6, 2012, Morocco), foreign minister (1963-68, 1973-75) and prime minister (1996-97) of Congo (Brazzaville).
Gandamana, Ipik (b. 1906), governor of Jawa Barat (1956-59) and interior minister of Indonesia (1959-64).
Gandapur, Sardar Inayatullah Khan (b. 1919, Kulachi tehsil, Dera Ismail Khan district, North-West Frontier Province [now Khyber Pakhtunkhwa], India [now in Pakistan] - d. April 28, 2005, Peshawar, North-West Frontier Province, Pakistan), chief minister of North-West Frontier Province (1973-75).
Gándara y Navarro (Castanedo y Pérez de Irujo), José de la (b. Oct. 15, 1820, Bilbao, Spain - d. Sept. 1, 1885, Biarritz, France), governor of Spanish Guinea (1859-62) and governor-general of Santo Domingo (1864-65) and the Philippines (1866-69).
Gander-Hofer, Elisabeth (b. Jan. 7, 1949), Landammann of Obwalden (2004-05).
Gandhi, Gopalkrishna (b. April 22, 1945), governor of West Bengal (2004-09) and Bihar (2006); grandson of Mohandas Gandhi. He was Indian high commissioner to Sri Lanka (2000-02) and ambassador to Norway and Iceland (2002-04).
Gandhi, Indira (Priyadarshini), née Nehru (b. Nov. 19, 1917, Allahabad - d. Oct. 31, 1984, New Delhi), prime minister (1966-77, 1980-84) and foreign minister (1967-69, 1984) of India; daughter of Jawaharlal Nehru. Prime Minister Lal Bahadur Shastri named her minister of information and broadcasting in his government. On Shastri's death in 1966, she became leader of the Congress party and thus also prime minister. After the March 1972 elections, her defeated Socialist opponent charged that she had violated the election laws. In June 1975 the High Court of Allahabad ruled against her, which meant that she would be deprived of her seat in parliament and would have to stay out of politics for six years. In response, she declared a state of emergency, imprisoned her opponents, and assumed emergency powers, passing many laws limiting personal freedoms. When long-postponed elections were held in 1977, she and her party were soundly defeated. Early in 1978 her supporters split from the Congress party and formed the Congress (I) - I for Indira - party. She was briefly imprisoned (October 1977 and December 1978) on charges of official corruption, but she won a new seat in parliament in November 1978 and Congress (I) began to gather strength. When new elections were held in January 1980, she was swept back into power in a landslide victory. All legal cases against her were withdrawn. When Sikh extremists in the Punjab used violence to assert their demands for an autonomous state, Gandhi ordered an army attack in June 1984 on the Golden Temple of Amritsar, the Sikhs' holiest shrine, which led to the deaths of more than 450 Sikhs. Five months later Gandhi was killed in her garden by a fusillade of bullets fired by two of her own Sikh bodyguards in revenge for the attack on the Golden Temple.
Gandhi, Mohandas (Karamchand), byname Mahatma Gandhi (b. Oct. 2, 1869, Porbandar [now in Gujarat], India - d. Jan. 30, 1948, Delhi), Indian political leader. While as a lawyer in South Africa, he witnessed the daily humiliations of Indians there and took up the fight on their behalf. In 1894 he founded the Natal Indian Congress and flooded the government, the legislature, and the press with closely reasoned statements of Indian grievances. He left South Africa in July 1914. In 1919 he launched a campaign of nonviolent struggle in India. He refashioned the old Indian National Congress into an effective political instrument of Indian nationalism. He was arrested on March 10, 1922, tried for sedition, and sentenced to six years' imprisonment. He was released in February 1924. One of his most spectacular and successful campaigns was directed against a salt tax (1930); it resulted in the imprisonment of more than 60,000 persons. A new chapter in Indo-British relations opened with the victory of the Labour Party in 1945. Prolonged triangular negotiations between leaders of the Congress and the Muslim League and the British government culminated in the formation of the two new dominions of India and Pakistan in August 1947. In 1946-47, the outbreak of communal riots between Hindus and Muslims unhappily created a climate in which Gandhi's appeals to reason and justice had little chance. When persuasion failed, he went on a fast. In September 1947 his fasting stopped the rioting in Calcutta, and in January 1948, he shamed the city of Delhi into a communal truce. A few days later, while he was on his way to his evening prayer meeting in Delhi, he was shot down by Nathuram Godse, a young Hindu fanatic.
Gandhi, Rajiv (b. Aug. 20, 1944, Bombay, India - d. May 21, 1991, Sriperumbudur, near Madras, Tamil Nadu, India), prime minister of India (1984-89); son of Indira Gandhi. At first, Rajiv largely stayed out of politics, while his brother Sanjay, a vigorous political figure, was viewed as the heir apparent to the political dynasty that was founded by his grandfather, Jawaharlal Nehru. But after Sanjay suddenly died in an airplane crash on June 23, 1980, Indira Gandhi, then prime minister, anxious to groom a successor, persuaded a reluctant Rajiv to enter the political arena. On June 15, 1981, he was elected in a by-election to the Lok Sabha (lower house of parliament) from Amethi. In the same month he became a member of the national executive of the Youth Congress. During the following two years he became more deeply involved in and apparently more enamoured of politics. In February 1983 Indira appointed Rajiv party secretary. When his mother was killed on Oct. 31, 1984, he was sworn in as prime minister that same day. On November 12 he was unanimously named president of the Congress (I) Party. The December 1984 elections returned him to power in a landslide dwarfing any experienced by his mother or his grandfather. Gandhi's attempts to discourage separatist movements in Punjab and Kashmir backfired, however, and his government became embroiled in several financial scandals. In the November 1989 elections Congress (I) lost control of the Lok Sabha. Gandhi was campaigning in Tamil Nadu for upcoming elections in which he hoped to regain the prime ministership when he was killed by a bomb carried by a woman who may have been associated with Tamil separatists. The chief suspect and six associates killed themselves to avoid capture.
Gandhi, Sanjay (b. Dec. 14, 1946, New Delhi - d. June 23, 1980, New Delhi), Indian politician; son of Indira Gandhi; brother of Rajiv Gandhi. Heir apparent of India's leading political family, he began to play an increasing role behind the scenes when his mother used her power as prime minister to declare a state of emergency in 1975. He was widely thought to be a powerful but negative influence on his mother's policies. His campaigns for birth control and slum clearance aroused hostility, mainly because of the harsh methods he used to implement them. But his ruthless and willful approach was combined with undoubted political acumen, and he was responsible for many of the electoral gains of his mother's Congress (I) Party and his own Youth Congress early in 1980. There were serious doubts, however, about his respect for democratic institutions and the use he would make of the power he seemed certain to acquire. Gandhi died when the light aircraft in which he was flying crashed.
Gandhi, Sonia, original name Sonia Maino (b. Dec. 9, 1946, Orbassano, near Turin, Italy), Indian politician. She met Rajiv Gandhi in 1965 and they married in 1968. She became an Indian citizen in 1983. Though she campaigned for him during his years in politics, Sonia chose to remain in the background. When Rajiv was assassinated in 1991, Sonia was seen by many as the natural heir to the Nehru-Gandhi dynasty, and she was offered the leadership of the Congress (I) Party. The party's elders had concluded that the right to assume responsibility for the party - and by implication India - was hers. She rejected the offer and remained at home in New Delhi, seldom appearing in public and refusing to discuss politics publicly. She did not visit Rajiv's former constituency in Amethi, Uttar Pradesh, until 1993 - but the crowds cheered her. Subsequently, she traveled throughout the country on behalf of trusts and committees devoted to Indian public life. In May 1995 she finally broke her long silence and telephoned Prime Minister P.V. Narasimha Rao to urge him to allow two leading dissidents back into the party in time for the 1996 elections. In August she and her daughter, Priyanka, went to rural Amethi to dedicate a medical camp. There Sonia delivered an eight-minute address in which she praised Rajiv's dedication to the welfare of the people and expressed her anguish over the lack of progress into the investigation of his assassination. Resounding applause and shouts of antigovernment slogans greeted this apparent criticism of Rao's leadership. In 1998 she agreed to enter politics and became president of the Congress Party. She was first elected to the Lok Sabha in 1999. After her party won elections in 2004, she refused to take the post of prime minister, but did take over the ruling coalition. In 2006 she resigned as MP and as head of the National Advisory Council, a body set up to oversee the government's development program, after accusations that the two functions are incompatible under a 1959 law.
Ganev (Vurbanov), Dimitur (b. Oct. 28, 1898, Gradets, Slivenski okrug, Bulgaria - d. April 20, 1964, Sofia, Bulgaria), president of Bulgaria (1958-64). He was also minister to Romania (1947-48), minister of external trade (1948-52), and ambassador to Czechoslovakia (1952-54).
Ganev, Stoyan (Dimitrov) (b. July 23, 1955, Pazardzhik, Bulgaria - d. July 1, 2013, Greenwich, Conn.), foreign minister of Bulgaria (1991-92) and president of the UN General Assembly (1992-93).
Ganga, Dieudonné (Antoine) (b. 1945?), foreign minister of Congo (Brazzaville) (1992). He was ambassador to the United States in 1996-97.
Ganic, Ejup (b. March 3, 1946, Novi Pazar, Serbia), president of the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina (1997-99, 2000-01). On March 1, 2010, he was arrested in London after Serbia had issued an extradition warrant over alleged war crimes; he was released on bail on March 11. The accusation related to an attack on a convoy of Serb-led Yugoslav soldiers who retreated from Sarajevo in May 1992 taking Pres. Alija Izetbegovic with them as a prisoner; Ganic was acting president during the less than two days that Izetbegovic was held.
Ganilau, Ratu Sir Penaia (Kanatabatu), Tui Cakau (b. July 28, 1918, Taveuni island, Fiji - d. Dec. 15, 1993, Washington, D.C.), deputy prime minister (1973-83), governor-general (1983-87), and president (1987-93) of Fiji; knighted 1974. He became Tui Cakau (chief of Cakaudrove) in 1988.
Ganiyev, Elyor (Majidovich) (b. 1960, Tashkent oblast, Uzbek S.S.R.), foreign minister of Uzbekistan (2005-06, 2010-12). He has also been minister of foreign economic relations (1998-2002, 2006-10, 2012- ). In 2002-05 and 2009-12 he was a deputy prime minister.
Gantt, Harvey B(ernard) (b. Jan. 14, 1943, Charleston, S.C.), mayor of Charlotte (1983-87). He was the city's first black mayor.
Ganzouri, Kamal (Ahmad al-), Arabic Kamal (Ahmad) al-Janzuri (b. Jan. 12, 1933, al-Minufiyah governorate, Egypt), prime minister of Egypt (1996-99, 2011-12). He was also governor of al-Wadi al-Jadid (1976-77) and Bani Suwayf (1977), minister of planning (1982-96) and international cooperation (1984-87), and a deputy prime minister (1985-96).
Gao Lingwei (b. Sept. 12, 1870, Tianjin, China - d. 1940), minister of finance (1921, 1922), interior (1921-22, 1922-24), and agriculture and commerce (1922, 1924), acting premier (1923-24), and acting president (1923) of China and civil governor of Zhili (1922). He was civil governor of Hunan at the end of the Qing dynasty. After the founding of the republic, he was elected a member of the Senate, and years later he was selected into the cabinet. He became mayor of Tianjin in 1935. After the Japanese gained actual control over the wide areas north of Beijing, Gao was named a councillor of the Japanese-backed "Provisional Government of North China" and Japanese-designated governor of Hebei.
Gao Weiyue (b. 1875, Jin county [now Jinzhou], western Liaoning, China - d. October 1938, Beijing, China), governor of Chahar (1926-28). He was a graduate of the Northeastern Military College. Before being named as governor, he held several military posts, including the commander of the 19th Brigade, 7th Division, and later the 9th Army. After his protector Zhang Zuolin died in 1928, he was removed from office.
Gaolathe, Baledzi (b. March 4, 1942, Nkange, Bechuanaland [now Botswana] - d. May 28, 2010, Johannesburg, South Africa), finance minister of Botswana (1999-2009).
Gaombalet, Célestin(-Leroy) (b. Jan. 1, 1942, Grimari, Oubangui-Chari [now Central African Republic]), prime minister of the Central African Republic (2003-05). In 2005-13 he was speaker of the National Assembly.
Gaplikov, Sergey (Anatolyevich) (b. 1970), prime minister of Chuvashia (2004-10).
Gapurov, Mukhamednazar Gapurovich (b. Feb. 15, 1922 - d. [killed] July 13, 1999), chairman of the Council of Ministers (1963-69) and first secretary of the Communist Party (1969-85) of the Turkmen S.S.R.
Gara, Jean-Robert (b. 1957, Antsiranana), governor of Antsiranana (2001-02). When the forces of Pres. Marc Ravalomanana took over, he fled to Moroni, Comoros. In 2003 he was sentenced in absentia to five years in prison for proclaiming the independence of his province during the 2002 political crisis.
Gara, W(illy) A(nanias) (b. July 19, 1925), governor of Kalimantan Tengah (1978-83).
Garaikoetxea Urriza, Carlos (b. June 2, 1938, Pamplona, Navarra, Spain), Spanish politician. As leader of the Partido Nacionalista Vasco (PNV), the leading Basque Christian Democrat party, he was one of the principal negotiators of the Basque autonomy statute signed with the central Spanish government in July 1979. The agreement provided for measures of home rule on such matters as education, justice, taxation, and finance and was greeted with widespread relief by Spain's politicians. The PNV acknowledged that the new agreement was better than the 1936 Basque autonomy statute but had to accept that the Basque provinces would remain under Spanish sovereignty - an essential precondition for its approval by the Army and right-wing legislators in Madrid. The PNV also endorsed plans for a special referendum to decide the status of Navarre, where loyalists to the Basques, the province, and Spain as a whole were deeply divided. Garaikoetxea's election as head of the Basque government was a virtual certainty following massive Basque acceptance of the autonomy statute in an October 25 referendum. Garaikoetxea announced his intention of negotiating with the militant Euskadi ta Askatasuna (ETA) and its political ally, Herri Batasuna. Both of these advocated violence until the Basques attained complete independence. To be successful he would have to show that the central government in Madrid had transferred real power to the Consejo General Vasco; local control of the police force and courts were powerful symbols in his struggle to convince his opponents that their way forward lay in negotiations leading to a peaceful transfer of power. He was replaced as head of government in 1985 after a long-standing dispute with the PNV directorate over policy.
Garang (de Mabior), John (b. June 23, 1945, Wagkulei village, near Bor, Upper Nile region [now state], Sudan - d. July 30, 2005, near New Cush, southern Sudan), Sudanese rebel leader and politician. He joined the Anya Nya rebellion, which had been started by the non-Muslim southerners at the time of Sudanese independence in 1956. They sought the secession of the non-Islamic southern provinces from the Islamic north. After the fighting ended in 1972, Garang joined the national Army and was later promoted to chief of the Military Research Center with the rank of lieutenant colonel. The imposition of Shari`ah (Islamic law) in The Sudan by Pres. Gaafar Nimeiry in September 1983 proved the focus of major discontent in the south of the country. Shortly afterward Garang formed the Sudan People's Liberation Movement (SPLM) in opposition to Nimeiry's rule and to the introduction of Shari`ah in particular. The SPLM manifesto declared its opposition to all forms of military rule and its support of democratic parliamentary government. The movement did not call for secession of the south but favoured a unified country with a nonmilitary government and sought the support of both Muslims and Christians in the war against Nimeiry. The Sudan People's Liberation Army (SPLA), the military wing of the SPLM, was welcomed by two of Nimeiry's most hostile neighbours, Libya and Ethiopia, which gave it arms and allowed SPLA bases on their territories. When Nimeiry was overthrown in 1985, however, Garang refused to end his fight and join the interim government because of its military involvement. For the same reason, he refused to allow the SPLM to participate in the 1986 elections for a new civilian government. He insisted on the abolition of Shari`ah as a prerequisite for a ceasefire. His forces gathered strength throughout the south. In 2005 he signed a peace agreement by which he became first vice president (the first southern Sudanese to hold this position since independence) and also president of a newly-created Government of Southern Sudan. Only three weeks after assuming those positions he was killed in a helicopter crash.
Garasanin, Ilija (b. Jan. 28 [Jan. 16, O.S.], 1812, Garasi, Serbia - d. June 22 [June 10, O.S.], 1874, Belgrade, Serbia), interior minister (1843-52, 1858) and prime minister and foreign minister (1852-53, 1861-67) of Serbia.
Garasanin, Milutin (b. Feb. 22 [Feb. 10, O.S.], 1843 - d. March 5, 1898, Paris, France), prime minister (1884-87) and foreign minister (1884-86) of Serbia; son of Ilija Garasanin. He was also interior minister (1880-83, 1886-87), minister to Austria-Hungary (1883-84) and France (1894-95), and president of the National Assembly (1895-96).
Garba, Joseph Nanven (b. July 17, 1943, Langtang [now in Plateau state], northern Nigeria - d. June 1, 2002, Abuja, Nigeria), foreign minister of Nigeria (1975-78) and president of the UN General Assembly (1989-90). He spent nearly two decades in Nigeria's military before serving as foreign minister under consecutive military regimes led by Murtala Mohammed and Olusegun Obasanjo. He went on to become Nigeria's permanent representative to the United Nations (1984-89) and chaired a UN committee dedicated to fighting South African white-minority rule.
Garba Jahumpa, (Musa) Bala (b. July 20, 1958, Bathurst [now Banjul], Gambia), foreign minister of The Gambia (2006-07, 2014-15). He has also been minister of finance and economic affairs (1994-95, 1995-97), trade, industry, and employment (1995), works, construction, and infrastructure (2003-06), information and communication infrastructure (2012), health and social welfare (2012-14), and transport (2015- ), acting high commissioner to the United Kingdom (1999-2001), and ambassador to Cuba (2003), Venezuela (2007-12), and Spain (2012).
Garbit, Hubert (Auguste) (b. April 4, 1869, Lyon, France - d. Oct. 30, 1933, Giron, Ain, France), governor of Réunion (1912-13) and governor-general of Madagascar (1909-10 [acting], 1914-17, 1920-23).
Garcez, Arnaldo Rollemberg (b. Jan. 19, 1911, Itaporanga, Sergipe, Brazil - d. Sept. 7, 2010, Aracaju, Sergipe), governor of Sergipe (1951-55).
Garcez, João de Andrade (b. 1927? - d. Nov. 11, 2001), governor of Sergipe (1970-71).
García (Pérez), Alan (Gabriel Ludwig) (b. May 23, 1949, Lima, Peru), president of Peru (1985-90, 2006-11). He won his first political victory in 1980 when he gained a seat in the lower house of Congress. Two years later he became general secretary of the Alianza Popular Revolucionaria Americana (APRA). In the 1985 presidential election, his opponents criticized his lack of political experience, and certainly he had no experience of governing. To his supporters, however, this very weakness became a strength, and certainly he did not bow to the customary pressures of the military and (more recently) the international bankers. He won a conclusive victory in the April 14 election. He narrowly missed winning outright with 48% of the vote, but the runner-up, Alfonso Barrantes Lingán of the Marxist Izquierda Unida party, conceded defeat, thus saving a second round of voting. García, who was sworn in on July 28, became the first elected president to succeed another democratically chosen candidate in Peru in more than 40 years. He was also the first APRA leader to take office as president, despite APRA's being the country's oldest political party. After taking office García became extremely visible both at home and abroad. García turned Peru into an international financial pariah with galloping hyperinflation of 7,650%, challenged the International Monetary Fund, and announced he would limit Peru's debt payments to 10% of exports. He scored 80% popularity ratings before slumping to rank as one of the country's least-loved leaders by the time he left office with the economy in a shambles and Shining Path guerrillas on the rampage. After spending much of his time since 1992 in Bogotá, Colombia, he returned to Peru in January 2001 to launch a reelection bid which he lost to Alejandro Toledo. He won, however, in 2006, defeating Ollanta Humala in a runoff.
Garcia, Carlos P(olestico) (b. Nov. 4, 1896, Talibon, Philippines - d. June 14, 1971, Quezon City), president of the Philippines (1957-61). He was a representative in the Philippine Congress, governor of his province (Bohol), and then (1941-53) senator. During the Japanese occupation of the Philippines in World War II, Garcia was active in the resistance movement. He was elected vice president on the ticket of the Nacionalista Party in 1953 and was also minister of foreign affairs (1953-57). As foreign minister he presided over the Manila conference of 1954, which produced the Southeast Asia Treaty Organization, and later led the Filipino delegation to three succeeding SEATO meetings in Bangkok, Karachi, and Canberra. He became president of the Philippines in March 1957, upon the death of Pres. Ramon Magsaysay, and was elected to a full four-year term the same year. He maintained the strong traditional ties with the United States and sought closer relations with non-Communist Asian countries. His greatest claim to fame was his championing of the nationalistic "Filipino first" policy, which sought to transfer control of the country's economy from foreign to Filipino hands. In the election of November 1961 he was defeated by Vice Pres. Diosdado Macapagal. In 1971 he was elected president of the constitutional convention, but died three days later.
García (Estrada), Francisco E(spartaco) (b. July 4, 1920, Zacatecas, Zacatecas state, Mexico - d. June 10, 2004, Tacoaleche, Zacatecas state), governor of Zacatecas (1956-62).
Garcia, José Gilton Pinto (b. Jan. 5, 1941, Aracaju, Sergipe, Brazil), governor of Amapá (1990-91).
Garcia, Luís (b. Oct. 14, 1910, Rosário do Catete, Sergipe, Brazil - d. Aug. 11, 2001, Aracaju, Sergipe), governor of Sergipe (1959-62).
García Barragan, Marcelino (b. June 2, 1895, Cuautitlán, Jalisco - d. Sept. 3, 1979, Guadalajara), governor of Jalisco (1943-47) and defense minister of Mexico (1964-70).
García Belaúnde, José Antonio (b. March 16, 1948, Lima, Peru), foreign minister of Peru (2006-11); nephew of Fernando Belaúnde Terry.
García Correa, Bartolomé (b. April 2, 1893, Umán, Yucatán, Mexico - d. Dec. 17, 1978, Tecomán, Colima, Mexico), governor of Yucatán (1930-34).
García de la Cadena, (José) Trinidad (b. Nov. 15, 1823, Villa del Refugio [now Tabasco], Zacatecas, Mexico - d. [executed] Nov. 1, 1886, Estación González [now Estación Opal], Zacatecas), governor of Zacatecas (1868-70, 1876-80) and interior minister (1877-79) and finance minister (1879-80) of Mexico.
García de Polavieja y del Castillo, Camilo, marqués de Polavieja (b. July 13, 1838, Madrid, Spain - d. Jan. 15, 1914, Madrid), governor of Cuba (1890-92) and governor-general of the Philippines (1896-97).
García García, Arturo (b. May 3, 1914, Lima, Peru - d. October 2004), foreign minister of Peru (1979-80); son of Arturo García Salazar. He was also ambassador to Ecuador (1964-65).
García Godoy (Cáceres), Héctor (Federico) (b. Jan. 11, 1921, Moca, Dominican Republic - d. April 20, 1970, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic), foreign minister (1963) and provisional president (1965-66) of the Dominican Republic. He was also ambassador to the United States (1966-69).
García-Margallo (y Marfil), José Manuel (b. Aug. 13, 1944, Madrid, Spain), foreign minister of Spain (2011- ).
García Medina, Amalia (Dolores) (b. Oct. 6, 1951, Zacatecas, Zacatecas state, Mexico), governor of Zacatecas (2004-10); daughter of Francisco E. García.
García Meza Tejada, Luis (b. Aug. 8, 1929, La Paz), president of Bolivia (1980-81). He was a general leading the 6th Division of the Bolivian Army when, on July 17, 1980, he staged the 189th coup in 155 years of Bolivian independence. A three-man junta consisting of himself, Gen. Waldo Bernal, commander of the Air Force, and Rear Adm. Ramiro Terrazas, the Navy commander, forced Pres. Lidia Gueiler Tejada, then the only woman leader in Latin America, to resign. Twenty soldiers, armed with automatic weapons, had burst into a room in the Quemado Palace where she was meeting with her cabinet. Saying "There will be no electoral adventures in this country," García installed himself as president. Elections on June 29 had failed to produce a clear winner, and it was decided that Congress would choose the president on August 4. The military, whose presidential candidate had placed third in the national balloting, anticipated that Hernán Siles Zuazo, a leftist, would be elected and acted to prevent him from taking office. It claimed that the popular elections were "fraudulent" and that Siles was a Communist. García promised to transform the backward nation into "a modern and industrial society." A few days after he took power, dissident tin miners and peasants stormed an army barracks, but they were beaten back after a five-hour battle. There were numerous arrests throughout the country, and foreign journalists were detained. He has been in jail since 1995 after he was sentenced to 30 years for genocide, torture, and killing of political opponents under his regime.
García Montes (y Hernández), Jorge (b. Oct. 19, 1898, New York - d. June 21, 1982, Miami, Fla.), premier of Cuba (1955-57). He was also minister of education (1957-59).
García Padilla, Alejandro (Javier) (b. Aug. 3, 1971, Coamo, Puerto Rico), governor of Puerto Rico (2013- ).
García Robles, Alfonso (b. March 20, 1911, Zamora, Michoacán, Mexico - d. Sept. 2, 1991, Mexico City, Mexico), Mexican diplomat. He entered Mexico's foreign service in 1939 and was a delegate to the 1945 San Francisco Conference, at which the United Nations was founded. He subsequently joined the UN Secretariat, serving as director of the Division of Political Affairs until he returned to his country's diplomatic corps in 1957. As director general for Europe, Asia, and Africa in the Mexican Ministry of Foreign Affairs during the late 1950s, García Robles played a central role at the Law of the Sea conferences. While serving as ambassador to Brazil (1961-64), he first encountered the proposition of excluding nuclear armaments from Latin America, but the initiative was soon abandoned by the formulators of the idea - the presidents of Brazil, Ecuador, and Bolivia. Alarmed by the implications of the Cuban Missile Crisis of 1962, he revived the proposal and later persuaded the Mexican government to support such a policy. His unremitting efforts eventually led to the Treaty of Tlatelolco (1967), which committed 22 nations of Latin America to bar nuclear weapons from their territories. A year later he helped draft the Treaty on the Non-proliferation of Nuclear Weapons. He was Mexico's permanent representative to the United Nations (1970-76) and foreign minister (1975-76). In 1977 he was appointed permanent representative to the Disarmament Conference in Geneva, and in 1978 he served as chairman of the Mexican delegation to the UN General Assembly's special session on disarmament. He continued to take an active role in subsequent special sessions devoted to a world disarmament campaign. He was the corecipient (with Alva Reimer Myrdal of Sweden) of the Nobel Prize for Peace for 1982.
García Salazar, Arturo (b. Jan. 26, 1886, Lima, Peru - d. June 7, 1958, Lima), foreign minister of Peru (1918-19). He was also minister to Ecuador (1930-36) and ambassador to Colombia (1938-40), Chile (1940-45), the Vatican (1946-48), and France (1948-50).
García Sayán (Larrabure), Diego (b. Aug. 2, 1950, New York), foreign minister of Peru (2001-02); son of Enrique García Sayán. He was also justice minister (2000-01).
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García Sayán, Enrique (b. 1906, Lima, Peru - d. 1978), foreign minister of Peru (1946-48).
García Solá, Manuel (Guillermo) (b. Nov. 14, 1953, Santa Fe, Santa Fe province, Argentina), education minister of Argentina (1999).
García Téllez, Ignacio (b. May 21, 1897, León, Guanajuato, Mexico - d. Nov. 14, 1985, Cuernavaca, Morelos, Mexico), governor of Guanajuato (1923) and interior minister of Mexico (1938-40). He was also minister of education (1934-35) and labour (1940-43) and attorney general (1936-37).
García Velasco, Rafael (b. Jan. 15, 1923, Quito, Ecuador), foreign minister of Ecuador (1971-72, 1987-88). He was also ambassador to Peru (1968-71), Canada (1981-83), and the United States (1983-84).
García Velutini, Óscar (b. Feb. 24, 1911, Caracas, Venezuela - d. June 12, 1991), foreign minister of Venezuela (1958).
García-Verdugo Candón, José Manuel (b. March 27, 1935, Málaga, Andalucía, Spain), president of the General Council of Castilla-Léon (1980-83).
García y García, Aurelio (b. Nov. 28, 1834, Lima, Peru - d. June 25, 1888, Callao, Peru), acting foreign minister (1881, 1881) and prime minister (1881) of Peru. He was also minister of interior and public works (1875-76) and mayor of Lima (1877).
García y García, José Antonio (b. 1832, Lima, Peru - d. Nov. 2, 1886, Lima), foreign minister of Peru (1877-78). He was also mayor of Lima (1872) and president of the Senate (1878-79).
Garde, François (b. Oct. 13, 1959, Le Cannet Rocheville, Alpes-Maritimes, France), administrator-superior of the French Southern and Antarctic Lands (2000-05).
Gardiner, James G(arfield), byname Jimmy Gardiner (b. Nov. 30, 1883, Farquhar, Ont. - d. Jan. 12, 1962, Balcarres, Sask.), premier of Saskatchewan (1926-29, 1934-35). As a Liberal he won a by-election to the Saskatchewan Legislative Assembly in June 1914 and soon made his mark as a competent debater. After being appointed to the provincial cabinet in 1922, he succeeded Charles Dunning as premier in 1926. He gave his province efficient and progressive government, but the unscrupulous methods of a powerful political machine, which he built up, and abuses in political patronage developed under it antagonized so many voters that his party lost the 1929 election. Thereafter he spent five years as the vigilant leader of the opposition until he was returned to power in 1934. The following year, however, he resigned to become federal minister of agriculture and was elected to the dominion House of Commons for Melville. Gardiner was minister of agriculture for 22 years during W.L. Mackenzie King's and Louis Saint Laurent's ministries. He dealt with federal agricultural assistance during the Great Depression of the 1930s and with problems relating to World War II (1939-45). He was a staunch supporter of the cooperative wheat pools of the prairie provinces and a resolute opponent of protective tariffs. In 1947 he was appointed to the Imperial Privy Council and in 1948 he made an unsuccessful attempt to replace King as Liberal leader. Reelected to the House in 1957, Gardiner resigned his portfolio when the Liberal ministry resigned. He was defeated in the 1958 general election.
Gardner, Anthony William (b. 1820, Virginia, U.S. - d. 1885), president of Liberia (1878-83). He was also attorney-general (1848-55) and vice president (1872-76); when Pres. Joseph Jenkins Roberts became very ill and left for England for medical treatment in June 1875, he was appointed acting president.
Gardner, Geoffrey Robert, byname Geoff Gardner (b. 1960?), chief minister of Norfolk Island (2001-06).
Gardner, John W(illiam) (b. Oct. 8, 1912, Los Angeles, Calif. - d. Feb. 16, 2002, Stanford, Calif.), U.S. secretary of health, education and welfare (1965-68). A trailblazing advocate of democratic participation and volunteerism, his public service had by 1964 earned him the Presidential Medal of Freedom. He was secretary of health, education and welfare at the height of Pres. Lyndon B. Johnson's Great Society program and the cabinet's token Republican. He resigned in 1968 after concluding Johnson should not run again. His accomplishments ranged over decades and across disciplines, but it was his founding of Common Cause that perhaps best captured his intellectual-activist impulse. "We are going to build a true 'citizens' lobby - a lobby concerned not with the advancement of special interests but with the well-being of the nation," Gardner said in 1970 as he introduced a group that quickly became significant in national politics. As its membership swelled to hundreds of thousands of members, the nonpartisan group wielded tremendous political clout, helping reform the nation's campaign finance laws. Among other posts, Gardner was chairman of the National Urban Coalition, as well as the National Civic League. In 1980 he co-founded Independent Sector, an organization that encouraged volunteerism.
Gardom, Garde (Basil) (b. July 17, 1924, Banff, Alberta - d. June 18, 2013, Vancouver, B.C.), lieutenant governor of British Columbia (1995-2001). A strong supporter of Premier W.A.C. Bennett's Social Credit Party, Gardom was elected to the provincial legislature from the constituency of Vancouver-Point Grey in 1966, 1969, 1972, 1975, 1978, and 1983. He was appointed attorney general in 1975 and became British Columbia's first minister of intergovernmental relations in 1979. He was an outspoken advocate for public accountability and participated in a number of legislative measures including the ombudsman, auditor-general, right to sue the crown, expropriation, criminal injuries compensation and family relations statutes, the inception of Hansard, a broadened legislative committee system, and the televising of debates. After retiring from politics, he served (1987-92) as agent-general for British Columbia in the United Kingdom and Europe, based in London. In 1995 he was rewarded for his service to the province and appointed lieutenant governor by Canadian Governor-General Roméo LeBlanc. During his tenure in office, Gardom once again showed his commitment to reform, refusing to wear the elaborate lieutenant governor's uniform and opening up his official residence to the public.
Garfield, James A(bram) (b. Nov. 19, 1831, near Orange, Cuyahoga County, Ohio - d. Sept. 19, 1881, Elberon, N.J.), president of the United States (1881). An advocate of free-soil principles, he soon became a supporter of the newly organized Republican Party, and in 1859 he was elected to the Ohio legislature. During the American Civil War he helped recruit the 42nd Ohio Volunteer Infantry and became its colonel. He fought at Shiloh (April 1862), served as chief of staff in the Army of the Cumberland, saw action at Chickamauga (September 1863), and emerged as a major general of volunteers. In 1862 he was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives, where he served until 1880. As chairman of the House Committee on Appropriations, he advocated a high protective tariff and, as a Radical Republican, sought a firm policy of Reconstruction for the South. In 1880 the Ohio legislature elected him to the U.S. Senate. At the Republican convention the same year in Chicago, the delegates were sharply divided between supporters of James G. Blaine and Ulysses S. Grant. Garfield, present as the chairman of the Ohio delegation, led a coalition of anti-Grant delegates who succeeded in rescinding the unit rule, by which a majority of delegates from a state could cast the state's entire vote. This rule change doomed Grant's candidacy, and on the 36th ballot the nomination went to Garfield. In November, with a popular plurality of less than 50,000 votes, he was elected. On July 2, 1881, after only four months in office, he was shot at the railroad station in Washington, D.C., by Charles J. Guiteau, a disappointed office seeker. For 80 days Garfield lay ill and performed only one official act - the signing of an extradition paper.
Garfield, James R(udolph) (b. Oct. 17, 1865, Hiram, Ohio - d. March 24, 1950, Cleveland, Ohio), U.S. secretary of the interior (1907-09).
Gargano (Ostuni), Reinaldo (Apolo) (b. July 26, 1934, Paysandú, Uruguay - d. Feb. 5, 2013, Montevideo, Uruguay), foreign minister of Uruguay (2005-08).
Gargar, Marcel (b. July 19, 1911, Pointe-à-Pitre, Guadeloupe - d. Dec. 24, 2004), president of the Regional Council of Guadeloupe (1982-83).
Garibashvili, Irakli (b. June 28, 1982, Tbilisi, Georgian S.S.R.), interior minister (2012-13) and prime minister (2013- ) of Georgia.
Garnier, (Marius) Albert (b. Nov. 4, 1870, Remollon, Hautes-Alpes, France - d. June 3, 1929, Paris, France), administrator of Kwangchowan (1915-17).
Garnier, Claude Léon (Lucien), acting resident-superior of Laos (1913, 1914-18).
Garnier, Jean-René (b. Oct. 18, 1938, Brest, Finistère, France - d. Jan. 18, 2008, Paris region, France), prefect of Saint-Pierre and Miquelon (1987-88). He was also prefect of the départements of Indre (1988-90), Pyrénées-Orientales (1990-92), Morbihan (1992-95), Isère (1995-98), and Alpes-Maritimes (1999-2002).
Garnier-Mouton, Gabriel Samuel (b. Oct. 31, 1864, Cognac, Charente, France - d. 19...), administrator of Mayotte (1911-12) and the Comoros (1912-13).
Garotinho, Anthony, original name Anthony William Matheus de Oliveira (b. April 18, 1960, Campos, Rio de Janeiro state, Brazil), governor of Rio de Janeiro (1999-2002) and Brazilian presidential candidate (2002). He was a soccer commentator who changed his name to Garotinho ("little boy") after the success of his radio program, "The Garotinho Show." He was elected state legislator in Rio de Janeiro and mayor of Campos. Following a near-fatal car crash in 1994, he converted to evangelist Protestantism and his speeches acquired a messianic tone reminiscent of the pulpit. With the support of the politically influential evangelist community he was elected governor in 1998 with 58% of the vote. He targeted the poor by providing cut price meals at so-called "people's restaurants," building 35,000 affordable homes, and giving badly-off families a monthly "citizen's cheque." At the same time, he balanced the books and renegotiated Rio's debt. The approach won him high approval ratings, but his time in office was marked by allegations of serious corruption and wrangles with his coalition partners. As presidential candidate in 2002 he attempted to extend his winning formula to the national level, but his popularity did not reach much further than Rio and evangelical voters, and he won only 18% of the vote.
Garotinho, Rosinha, byname of Rosangela Barros Assed Matheus de Oliveira (b. April 6, 1963, Itaperuna, Rio de Janeiro state, Brazil), governor of Rio de Janeiro (2003-07); wife of Anthony Garotinho.
Garraud, Gustave Aristide Léopold (b. Sept. 15, 1820, Toulon, France - d. ...), commandant-particular of Gabon (1871-73).
Garre López, Alberto (b. Feb. 10, 1952, Balsicas, Murcia, Spain), president of the Council of Government of Murcia (2014- ).
Garret Ayllón, Julio (b. May 22, 1925, Sucre, Bolivia), foreign minister (1979-80) and vice president (1985-89) of Bolivia. He was also ambassador to the U.S.S.R. (1969-73) and president of the Senate (1982-85).
Garrido Patrón, Francisco (b. Nov. 23, 1953, Mexico City, Mexico), governor of Querétaro (2003-09).
Garrioch, Sir (William) Henry (b. May 4, 1916 - d. Feb. 18, 2008), acting governor-general of Mauritius (1977-78); knighted 1977.
Garrouste, Pierre (Marie Charles François) (b. Oct. 22, 1900 - d. June 30, 1969), administrator of Saint-Pierre and Miquelon (1943-46).
Garsia, Rupert C(lare) (b. Oct. 9, 1887, Christchurch, New Zealand - d. Feb. 18, 1954, Canberra, Australia), administrator of Nauru (1933-38).
Garza, Arturo B(onifacio) de la (b. May 14, 1905, General Bravo, Nuevo León, Mexico - d. 1952, Mexico City, Mexico), governor of Nuevo León (1943-49).
Garza Aldape, Manuel (b. April 29, 1871, Múzquiz, Coahuila, Mexico - d. Feb. 28, 1924, Mexico City, Mexico), acting foreign minister (1913) and interior minister (1913-14) of Mexico. He was also minister of education and fine arts (1913).
Gasana, Anastase (b. Aug. 5, 1950, Gikomero, near Kigali), foreign minister of Rwanda (1993-94, 1994-99). He also served as ambassador to the United States (1994) and permanent representative to the United Nations (2001-03). He served as one of the negotiators and signatories of the 1993 Arusha Peace Agreement.
Gasche, Urs (b. March 15, 1955, Bern, Switzerland), president of the government of Bern (2003-04, 2007-08).
Gasparovic, Ivan (b. March 27, 1941, Poltár, Slovakia), speaker of the National Council (1992-98) and president (2004-14) of Slovakia.
Gasparri, Pietro Cardinal (b. May 5, 1852, Capovallazza di Ussita, Italy - d. Nov. 18, 1934, Rome, Italy), Vatican secretary of state (1914-30).
Gasperoni, Cesare Antonio (b. Oct. 17, 1944, Borgo Maggiore, San Marino), captain-regent of San Marino (1990-91, 2005). He was also minister of relations with the district councils (1998-2000).
Gasperoni, Ermenegildo (b. Aug. 4, 1906 - d. June 26, 1994), captain-regent of San Marino (1978-79).
Gasperoni, Pier Paolo (b. 1950? - d. [car crash] July 1997), captain-regent of San Marino (1985-86, 1996).
Gassiyev, Znaur (Nikolayevich) (b. March 1925, Tskhinvali, South Ossetia), chairman of the parliament of South Ossetia (1991-92, 2004-09).
Gastélum (Izabal), Bernardo J(osé) (b. Nov. 4, 1886, Culiacán, Sinaloa, Mexico - d. Dec. 21, 1981, Mexico City, Mexico), Mexican politician. He was ambassador to Paraguay and Uruguay (1922-23) and Italy and Hungary (1929-30) and education minister (1924).
Gates, Robert M(ichael) (b. Sept. 25, 1943, Wichita, Kan.), U.S. director of the Central Intelligence Agency (1991-93) and defense secretary (2006-11). He joined the CIA in 1966, left it in 1974 to join the staff of the National Security Council, but returned to the spy agency in 1979 and became deputy director in April 1986; he served as acting CIA director from Jan. 29, 1987, when William Casey left office, to May 26, 1987, when William Webster was sworn in. He was first nominated to head the CIA by Pres. Ronald Reagan in 1987 but withdrew when he was accused of knowing more than he admitted about the Iran-contra affair. From Jan. 20, 1989, he served as assistant to Pres. George Bush and deputy national security advisor. Bush appointed him CIA director on May 14, 1991; the Senate confirmed the appointment November 5, and he was sworn in November 6. He was the only career officer in CIA history to rise from entry-level employee to director of central intelligence. He left government service in 1993. In 2006 he was involved in bipartisan discussions on Iraq as a member of the Iraq Study Group before he was nominated defense secretary by Pres. George W. Bush. He was maintained in office by Pres. Barack Obama in 2009, becoming the first defense secretary to serve under two presidents of different parties.
Gates, Thomas (Sovereign, Jr.) (b. April 10, 1906, Germantown, Pa. - d. March 25, 1983, Philadelphia, Pa.), U.S. secretary of the navy (1957-59) and secretary of defense (1959-61). In October 1953 he was appointed undersecretary of the navy. Upon the resignation of Charles S. Thomas as secretary of the navy, Gates was appointed to succeed him by Pres. Dwight D. Eisenhower on March 1, 1957, and the Senate confirmed his appointment on March 22. Gates was instrumental in retiring battleships in favour of nuclear-powered submarines and in promoting nuclear missile experimentation. As secretary of defense, he overhauled Pentagon management procedures and helped the department's transition to modern tactics and weaponry, including supersonic jets, tactical atomic bombs, and long-range ballistic missiles. Gates was also remembered for authorizing the ill-fated U-2 reconnaissance flight of Francis Gary Powers. When the latter was shot down (May 1, 1960) deep inside the Soviet Union, Gates advised Eisenhower to accept responsibility for the mission. Eisenhower awarded Gates the Medal of Freedom. In 1976 Pres. Gerald Ford called Gates out of retirement to act as chief of the U.S. liaison mission in Beijing.
Gatti, Gabriele (b. March 27, 1953, San Marino), secretary of state for foreign and political affairs (1986-2002) and for finance (2008-10) and captain-regent (2011-12) of San Marino.
Gauck, Joachim (b. Jan. 24, 1940, Rostock, Germany), president of Germany (2012- ). In 1990-2000 he was commissioner for the records of the former East German Ministry of State Security ("Stasi").
Gaudard, (Marie Antoine) Edmond, acting governor of Senegal (1909).
Gaudin, Michel (b. Aug. 9, 1948, Cosne-sur-Loire, Nièvre, France), prefect of police of Paris (2007-12). He was also prefect of Gard département (1998-2002).
Gauger, Robert (b. Feb. 2, 1925 - d. Feb. 8, 1995), French resident commissioner of the New Hebrides (1974-78).
Gaulle, Charles (André Joseph Marie) de (b. Nov. 22, 1890, Lille, France - d. Nov. 9, 1970, Colombey-les-Deux-Églises, Haute-Marne, France), president of France (1959-69). At the outbreak of World War II he commanded a tank brigade attached to the French 5th Army. On June 6, 1940, he entered the government of Paul Reynaud as undersecretary of state for defense and war, and he undertook several missions to England to explore the possiblities of continuing the war. When the Reynaud government was replaced by that of Marshal Philippe Pétain, who intended to seek an armistice with the Germans, de Gaulle left for England. On June 18, he broadcast from London his first appeal to his compatriots to continue the war under his leadership. On Aug. 2, 1940, a French military court tried him and sentenced him in absentia to death. Broadcasts from London, the action of his Free French Forces, and the contacts of resistance groups in France either with his own organization or with those of the British secret services brought national recognition of his leadership. But full recognition by his allies came only after the liberation of Paris. On Sept. 9, 1944, he and his shadow government returned from Algiers to Paris. He headed two successive provisional governments but, on Jan. 20, 1946, abruptly resigned. In April 1947 he formed the Rally of the French People (Rassemblement du Peuple Français; RPF), a mass movement that grew rapidly in strength. He became dissatisfied with the RPF, however, and in 1953 severed his connection with it. In 1955 it was disbanded. He emerged again in 1958, becoming premier in June. On Dec. 21, 1958, he was elected president of the Republic. He was reelected on Dec. 21, 1965, though only on the second ballot. On April 28, 1969, following his defeat in a referendum, he resigned.
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Gaulle, Pierre (Julien Joseph Marie) de (b. March 22, 1897, Paris - d. Dec. 26, 1959, Neuilly-sur-Seine, near Paris), president of the Municipal Council of Paris (1947-51); brother of Charles de Gaulle.
Gaultier de la Richerie, (Louis) Eugène (b. June 12, 1820, Fort-de-France, Martinique - d. June 29, 1886, Lorient, Morbihan, France), governor (1858-60) and commandant (1860-64) of the French Settlements in Oceania and governor of New Caledonia (1870-74).
Gaur, Babulal (b. June 2, 1930, Nogir village, Pratapgarh district, United Provinces [now Uttar Pradesh], India), chief minister of Madhya Pradesh (2004-05).
Gauthier de Rougemont, Nicolas Martial (Adolphe) (b. Sept. 28, 1794, Saint-Quentin, France - d. 18...), conservator of the French possessions on St. Helena (1858-67).
Gautier, Ange (Simon), interim commandant of Saint-Pierre and Miquelon (1855-56).
Gautier, Georges Armand Léon (b. April 11, 1901, Boulogne-sur-Mer, France - d. April 27, 1987), resident-superior of Cambodia (1943-44).
Gautret, Jean-Fernand (Edmé) (b. Jan. 5, 1862, Saint-Genis-de-Saintonge, Charente-Inférieure [now Charente-Maritime], France - d. Aug. 1, 1912, Paris), administrator of Kwangchowan (1906-08).
Gautsch von Frankenthurn, Paul Freiherr (Baron) (b. Feb. 26, 1851, Döbling [now part of Vienna], Austria - d. April 20, 1918, Vienna), prime minister of Austria (1897-98, 1904-06, 1911). He entered the imperial Ministry of Education (1874) and was director of the Theresianum military academy, where most of the officers of noble birth received their education. He served as Austrian minister of education in the cabinet of Eduard von Taaffe (1885-93); when that cabinet resigned, he went back to the military academy as director until he again became minister of education in the cabinet of Kasimir von Badeni (1895-97). His title of baron was conferred in 1889. With the fall of Badeni, he was appointed prime minister (November 1897), but the failure of his proposed reform of the Bohemian language laws prompted his resignation (March 1898). After several years as president of the government accounting office, Gautsch von Frankenthurn was recalled to the post of prime minister (Dec. 31, 1904), but again his ministry foundered, this time because of suffrage reform (May 1906). He was recalled once more in June 1911, but his third ministry expired after a few months. Ever faithful to the imperial summons, he remained, until the death of the emperor Franz Joseph I, one of the most trusted servants of the crown.
Gavai, R(amkrishnan) S(uryabhan) (b. Oct. 30, 1929, Darapur, Amravati district, Bombay province [now in Maharashtra state], India), governor of Bihar (2006-08) and Kerala (2008-11).
Gavard, Alexandre (b. March 25, 1845, Perly-Certoux, Genève, Switzerland - d. Nov. 29, 1898, Nice, Alpes-Maritimes, France), president of the Council of State of Genève (1883-84, 1885-86, 1887-88, 1897-98) and president of the Council of States of Switzerland (1887-88).
Gavillet, André (b. Sept. 25, 1924, Lausanne, Switzerland - d. July 14/15, 2014, Lausanne), president of the Council of State of Vaud (1975).
Gaviria Trujillo, César (Augusto) (b. March 31, 1947, Pereira, Colombia), president of Colombia (1990-94). He entered politics in 1970 as a Pereira councillor. He became mayor of Pereira in 1974 and during the same year was elected representative for Risaralda. His first cabinet experience came in 1978, when Pres. Julio César Turbay Ayala appointed him vice-minister of development. In 1985-86 Gaviria managed the election campaign for Virgilio Barco Vargas and was rewarded with the post of minister of finance and public credit. Having ensured the passage of agrarian-reform and tax-reform bills through Congress, he was appointed minister of the interior in 1987. In that post he gained direct experience in dealing with terrorism, negotiating the demobilization of the M-19 guerrilla group and its participation in legal politics. In February 1989 he resigned to be presidential campaign manager for Luis Carlos Galán of the Liberal Party. He was thrust into the limelight when he took over the mantle of Galán, who was assassinated Aug. 18, 1989, at a political rally. He was elected the candidate for the Liberal Party on March 11, 1990. On May 27, he was elected president with 47% of the vote and an ample margin of 1.3 million votes over his nearest rival. However, the campaign had been marred by violence and murder; three presidential candidates lost their lives as a result of the terrorism that gripped the country. Nevertheless, there was enthusiasm for Gaviria, who at 43 was the youngest president of Colombia in decades. In a reversal of previous policy, he offered drug traffickers immunity from extradition to the U.S. and large reductions in prison sentences if they surrendered to the authorities. After his presidency he was secretary-general of the Organization of American States (1994-2004).
Gavric, Miroslav (b. Jan. 15, 1971, Brcko, Bosnia and Herzegovina), mayor of Brcko (2011-12).
Gavril (b. 1921 - d. March 4, 1996, Skopje, Macedonia), archbishop of Ohrid, head of the Macedonian Orthodox Church (1986-93). He attempted to resign on several occasions beginning in December 1991, but his resignation was not officially accepted by the Holy Synod until June 1993.
Gavrilovic, Mihailo (b. May 8, 1868, Aleksinac, Serbia - d. Nov. 1, 1924, London, England), acting foreign minister of Serbia (1918). He was also minister to Montenegro (1910-14), the Vatican (1914-17), Russia (1917-18), and the United Kingdom (1919-24).
Gaya, Kabiru (Ibrahim) (b. 1953), governor of Kano (1992-93).
Gayan, Anil (Kumarsingh) (b. Oct. 22, 1948, Triolet, Mauritius), foreign minister of Mauritius (1983-86, 2000-03); nephew of Sir Satcam Boolell.
Gaye, Amadou Karim (b. Nov. 8, 1913, Saint-Louis, Senegal - d. Oct. 2, 2000), foreign minister of Senegal (1968-72) and secretary-general of the Organization of the Islamic Conference (1975-80). He was also minister of planning, development, and technical cooperation (1960-61), assistance and technical cooperation (1961-62), civil service and labour (1962), rural economy (1962-65), and the armed forces (1965-68).
Gayevsky, Valery (Veniaminovich) (b. Dec. 11, 1958), governor of Stavropol kray (2008-12).
Gaylani, Rashid Ali al-, Arabic Rashid `Ali al-Kaylani (b. 1892, Baghdad, Iraq - d. Aug. 28, 1965, Beirut, Lebanon), prime minister (1933, 1940-41, 1941), justice minister (1924-25, 1935-36), and interior minister (1925, 1926-28, 1935-36, 1940-41, 1941) of Iraq.
Gaymard, Hervé (b. May 31, 1960, Bourg-Saint-Maurice, Savoie, France), French politician. He was minister of agriculture, food, and rural affairs (2002-04) and of economy, finances, and industry (2004-05). He resigned the latter post after it was revealed that he was renting a 600-sq-m apartment just off the Champs-Élysées in Paris for 14,000 euros ($18,460) a month at taxpayer's expense.
Gayoom, Maumoon Abdul (b. Dec. 29, 1937, Male, Maldives), president of Maldives (1978-2008). His first important government appointment was that of manager of the republic's Shipping Department, after which he was appointed director of the Telephone Department. By 1974 he had established his reputation as an able administrator and was appointed special undersecretary in the office of the prime minister. He was then sent as a deputy ambassador to neighbouring Sri Lanka. In 1976, he was appointed Maldives' permanent representative to the United Nations. On his recall to Male in 1977, he was appointed minister of transport, and in 1978 was nominated as presidential candidate by the Citizens' Majlis (parliament), winning a record 92.9% of the popular vote in the referendum. He was reelected in 1983, 1988, 1993, 1998, and 2003, but defeated in 2008.
Gaysanov, Rashid (Yakhyayevich) (b. Sept. 17, 1972, Gamurziyevo, Chechen-Ingush A.S.S.R., Russian S.F.S.R. [now in Ingushetia, Russia]), prime minister of Ingushetia (2008-09).
Gayzer, Vyacheslav (Mikhailovich) (b. Dec. 28, 1966, Inta, Komi A.S.S.R., Russian S.F.S.R.), head of the republic of Komi (2010- ).
Gazcón Mercado, Julián (b. 1925, Tepic, Nayarit), governor of Nayarit (1964-69).
Gbadebo I (b. 1854 - d. May 28, 1920), Alake of Abeokuta (1898-1920).
Gbadebo II, Adesiinan Samuel (b. 1908 - d. Oct. 26, 1971), Alake of Abeokuta (1963-71); son of Gbadebo I.
Gbadebo III, Adedotun Aremu (b. Sept. 14, 1943), Alake of Abeokuta (2005- ); grandson of Gbadebo I; nephew of Adesiinan Samuel Gbadebo II.
Gbagbo, Laurent (Koudou) (b. May 31, 1945, Mama village, near Gagnoa, central Ivory Coast), president of Côte d'Ivoire (2000-11). He was arrested on March 31, 1971, for being involved in unauthorized political activities. After his release in January 1973, he was posted to work in the education department. Stung by the political "bug," he secretly formed the Ivorian Popular Front (FPI) in 1982 before he went into exile in France where he was granted asylum in 1985. In 1988, he returned to Côte d'Ivoire for the FPI inaugural congress during which he was elected secretary general. In the October 1990 presidential race, Gbagbo was thoroughly defeated by the country's post-independence leader, Félix Houphouët-Boigny, who obtained 89% of the vote. Gbagbo received 11%. He won a seat to the National Assembly during the November 1990 parliamentary elections. He was arrested in Abidjan on Feb. 18, 1992, following a demonstration organized by his party against government actions, which degenerated into riots. He was tried under the anti-riot law, and sentenced to three years imprisonment but was granted a presidential pardon six months later. In October 1995, Gbagbo refused to run for the presidency, saying it "lacked transparency." In October 2000, he won elections over incumbent Robert Guéi, who tried to proclaim himself the winner but after street protests had to give up power. A rebellion by soldiers who were recruited during Guéi's rule started in September 2002. Although Guéi was killed in the capital, the rebels were successful in the north. They said Gbagbo's government had treated them like "slaves" and they were rebelling against "dictatorship hiding under the guise of democracy." French troops and UN peacekeepers were deployed, but the conflict continued. His presidential term was prolonged for five years, until new elections were finally held in October-November 2010. This time it was him who dubiously insisted he won, while the consensus of the international community was that he lost to Alassane Ouattara, who set up a parallel government. Gbagbo maintained himself in power until being captured by Ouattara forces (supported by French and UN troops) in April 2011. He was charged with economic crimes in August. In November he was transferred to the International Criminal Court in The Hague on charges of crimes against humanity.
Gbehanzin (throne name), personal name Kondo, praise name Xadakogundo (b. 1844 - d. Dec. 10, 1906, Blida, Algeria), king of Danhome (1889-94). He was deposed by the French on Dec. 3, 1893, but only captured on Jan. 26, 1894.
Gbeho, (James) Victor (b. Jan. 12, 1935, Keta, Gold Coast [now Ghana]), foreign minister of Ghana (1997-2001) and president of the Commission of the Economic Community of West African States (2010-12). He was permanent representative of Ghana to the United Nations in 1980-90.
Gbenye, Christophe (b. 1927, Bas-Uélé district, Orientale province, Belgian Congo [now Congo (Kinshasa)] - d. Feb. 2/3, 2015, Kinshasa, Congo [Kinshasa]), interior minister (1960, 1961-62, and in the Antoine Gizenga rebel government in 1960-61) and deputy prime minister (1962-63) of Congo (Léopoldville), and president (1964-65) and chairman of the Revolutionary Government (1965) of the People's Republic of the Congo. He fled the Congo in November 1964 and lived in exile in Kampala, Uganda, in 1966-71.
Gbezera-Bria, Michel (b. 1946, Bossangoa, Oubangui-Chari [now Central African Republic]), foreign minister (1988-90, 1996-97) and prime minister (1997-99) of the Central African Republic. In 2015 he became ambassador to France.
Gbujama, Shirley (Yema) (b. Sept. 20, 1936), foreign minister of Sierra Leone (1996-97). She was also ambassador to Ethiopia (1972-76), permanent representative to the United Nations (1976-78), and minister of tourism and culture (1996) and social welfare, gender, and children's affairs (1998-2007).